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Evening Meals On Wheels

Please join us in raising awareness and support for Evening Meals on Wheels in the Madison area. This important program--like other meals on wheels programs--matters in many different ways for seniors. mow mfm logo rgb rgb webMeals are delivered to homebound seniors who are unable to leave to buy groceries or have difficulty preparing meals after an illness or injury; meals also are delivered to seniors who simply want a balanced, nutritious meal. Plus, there are many seniors who struggle to afford a healthy meal and are dependent on support.

You can make a difference. Tell your senior friends about healthy home-delivered meals. Volunteer to deliver meals. Donate so that the cost of a meal is affordable even for our lowest income elderly. Thank you for taking action to make a difference!

Thank you to our sponsor for March for Meals!
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Become a Volunteer

Ever wonder about volunteering for Evening Meals on Wheels? Our clients dearly appreciate the service, and our volunteers appreciate the special rewards. Volunteers who deliver Evening Meals on Wheels have the satisfaction that comes from giving, from making new friends and from knowing you are making a difference in another person's life. Still not convinced this program merits your time? Read what one blogger has to say about her family's experience with Independent Living's Evening Meals on Wheels. Thank you, Wolowik Family, for sharing your thoughts about what volunteering means to you!

Evening Meals on Wheels

Has making a meal become a challenge?  Whether you want a hot, healthy meal on a temporary basis or would like meals for an indefinite period of time, you can enjoy daily evening meals made fresh by chefs and delivered to your door. Reviewed by a Registered Dietitian, the menus feature a wonderful range of delicious entrees. Special diets are accommodated, including vegetarian, diabetic and gluten-free.   

We have been involved with serving senior meals since 1973, and formally established the Evening Meals on Wheels program in 1991. It is the only Evening Meals on Wheels program in Dane County. In April 2010, the quality of our Evening Meals on Wheels Program earned Magnet Accreditation at the Exemplary Level from Meals on Wheels America. We are the first and only program in Wisconsin to receive the distinction, and one of six, out of 994 MOWAA-member organizations, to be awarded this rare recognition.

Senior hunger is real, and we're doing our part to make sure no senior goes hungry. We are actively raising funds to support this program and seniors in need. We are a local, nonprofit organization that doesn't receive any federal funding for our evening Meals on Wheels program. Instead, we rely on local support.

We also appreciate support from more than 250 volunteers who have opened their hearts and their cars to deliver evening meals. These volunteers help ensure that no senior goes hungry.  They also check on the person's well being, and their presence brightens that person's day. As one volunteer said, "I believe in what Independent Living does because I know first hand from my volunteer experience. It made me happy to put smiles on clients' faces and chat for a minute." Our thanks go out to all volunteers, and to all donors who contribute financially to our program. Thank you for making a difference. 

For information about Meals on Wheels, contact: 
Michelle, EMOW Manager
Phone: 608.204.0923 or click to email

For information about volunteering or donations, please visit Volunteers or Donations.



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*Meals include: entree, salad or vegetable, fruit and dessert. Our nutritious evening meals are reasonably priced and available for delivery to anyone interested in purchasing a dinner or dinners through our program. Some subsidies may support qualified clients.

Student Interns

Our Evening Meals on Wheels program is happy to collaborate with the University of Wisconsin Dietetics program to provide student interns a unique opportunity to learn about this important community service. During their rotation with us, they learn about customer satisfaction and nationalaccreditation standards, and prepare an article about best practices in home-delivered meals. They also assist with quality control by checking food temperatures during the distribution process and monitoring elapsed time. When possible, interns go with our EMOW manager to visit new clients at home and conduct nutritional risk assessments. The assessment documents, among other aspects, nutritional and health status, and food sensitivities. One more activity: interns develop new recipes for our clients on special diets, particularly 2-gram low sodium diets. We’re delighted to share one of the newest recipes created specifically for us: Honey and Ginger Chicken with Caramelized Butternut Squash. Not only delicious, it is also heart healthy with just 2 grams of sodium! 

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2970 Chapel Valley Road, Suite 203
Madison, WI 53711-7424

Independent Living Phone: 608.274.7900
Independent Health Care Phone: 608.274.2097